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Sweden, Spain, Denmark and Italy: the partnership covers different areas of European Union with different activities and needs.

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City of Borås (Sweden) is located about 60 kilometres from Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. It has a population of 108 000 inhabitants.
About 10.000 persons are employed by the City of Borås. The municipality has 13 departments dealing with traffic and street planning, assisted living, elderly care, city planning, environment, culture, leisure and health to mention some areas.  The department of environment is responsible for the strategic environmental work, consumer guidance and environment and food inspections. Environmental goals have been set, including energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. The City of Borås has signed the Covenant of Mayors and is completing the sustainable energy action plan (SEAP) in 2014. As a Fairtrade City, the municipality is working for poverty reduction on a global level and awareness rising about the effects our consumption has on developing countries and sustainability. The city has recently adopted the vision of a “Sustainable Borås in 2025”. According to this vision, only renewable energy sources will be used within the municipality by 2025. Sustainable consumption, trade and sustainable production on a global level are also part of Vision 2025.  In June 2014 a new meeting place called Orangeriet was opened in the city park of Borås. In Orangeriet the Environment department offers consumers and energy advice to the citizens. One can also take part of open lectures on the theme sustainable development and consumption. It is the staff in the Orangeriet that participate in the ESCAR-project.

Navet is a science centre in Borås, in the south western part of Sweden. As being a VET organisation, NAVET´s main goal is to inspire and teach and train children, young adults, public officials, teachers and the general public to work with and understand more about science, math and technology, in particular sustainable communities. NAVET collaborates closely with schools, Universities and the surrounding communities with its companies and other technical and scientific centres on a national and international basis.

Columbares Association (Spain) was founded in 1986 and since then it has been supporting, developing and promoting social, labor, educational, environmental and cultural projects aimed at different population groups in the South East of Spain in general and in Murcia region particularly. Columbares Association aims fundamentally to the social and work integration of the most disadvantaged social groups: immigrants, young people, women, families, children and elderly in social and economic disadvantage, and unemployed people, among others. Through the environmental department the Association Columbares has been developing different projects related with promoting the sustainability and fighting against the climate change, responsible consumption , energy saving and good use of natural resources, restoration and conservation of natural areas and protected species in danger, for and with the population.

The Municipality of Santorso (Italy) has a population of about 6.000 inhabitants, but it operates in a big area between Alps and Padan plain where almost 100.000 people lives. Actually, Santorso is the coordinator of many specific projects and networkings activities that involves many towns and a large number of citizens.
Among its projects the Municipality of Santorso is the head of the Provincial Enviromental Educational Laboratory (Laboratorio Provinciale di Educazione Ambientale:www.laboratorioambientale.vi.it) that works on an large area involving about 700.000 inhabitants; in particular it organizes courses, laboratories and initiatives about environmental issues in schools.

The Municipality of Skanderborg (Denmark) has 58.000 citizens and is neatly situated in the eastern part of the Central Denmark Region, in close proximity to Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark. Located in the middle of the Lakelands – the Danish equivalent to the lake district, the local area is a popular tourist destination. It consists of four city centres: the city of Skanderborg and the towns Ry, Hørning and Galten-Skovby. Skanderborg is the biggest city with 18.000 citizens.
Skanderborg prioritise the engagement of the local business life and the civil society in pre-policy-making dialogue and the municipality is known to other Danish municipalities for its high level of citizen involvement.

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